do is melt the primer coat. Note: Don’t try this
with a film-covered airplane!
Maintenance hatches are another great
detail to add to your airplane. I use thin
G- 10 fiberglass sheets available from F TE
( franktiano.com). You can easily cut G- 10 to
any length and shape with a sharp pair of
scissors. G- 10 does not bubble or shrink in the
sun, like thin styrene plastic can; you simply
glue it in place. Some extra detail can be added
by installing small #0 screws along the edges
of the panels for a nice 3D effect. Hatches
can also be quickly applied using aluminum-heater duct tape, which is easy to cut to size.
Just peel off the backing, and stick it in place.
Use a smoothing tool (like an old propeller
blade) to burnish it into place.
Once you have all the panel lines, rivets, and hatches applied,
it’s time to paint. And it is the application of the paint that helps
make these details stand out. For worn-out, weathered warbirds,
inexpensive paint is fine, but for the best results, I prefer to use
Tamiya spray paints. Apply a flat aluminum paint for the base coat.
Once it has dried, scuff it up lightly with some 0000 steel wool,
then apply the finish paint.
Once your paint has dried, use some 000 steel wool and rub
the paint down. Use horizontal strokes to match the airflow
over the wing and vertical strokes over the fuselage. Use some
soapy water with this, as well. After several strokes, you will
start to notice the silver undercoat coming through. This effect is
prevalent around hatches and along panel lines as they are raised
and the paint in these areas gets removed first. Play around
with this technique, but take it easy to just bring out the details
in your plane.
To produce the heavily chipped look of the Japanese Raiden, I
Far from being subtle, the heavy
paint chipping should be done at
areas of increased wear, such
as on the leading edges of the
wing and below the canopy. The
combination of chipped paint
and panel lines creates a lot of
eye candy with not much effort.
Yes, you should have a Japanese pilot in a Japanese fighter. (Check out the chipped paint along the